East Sussex and Oxford
A BIT ABOUT ME
I am a UKCP registered Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with an academic background in the field of literature and linguistics. I worked for many years in education - in schools and university. Indeed, it was through my study of literature that I began to become interested in psychoanalytic practice.
I completed my training in psychodynamic practice at the University of Oxford, where I developed a number of research interests, most notably in dealing with issues of anxiety and depression, addiction, loss, rejection and life transitions - areas which formed the focus of my research at PG Diploma and Master's level. These topics are often at the heart of the work I do with individuals and couples.
Kevin Joseph Collins
WHERE I WORK
I see clients in Oxford and Didcot, as well Lewes and Seaford in East Sussex. My private practice and charity work occupies two days a week. The rest of my time is spent working in a clinical capacity for two educational organisations as well as - on a consultancy basis - as a teacher and trainer in a number of areas involving support in the counselling and mental health of young people.
I also offer online counselling using a variety of platforms.
As a psychodynamic practitioner, I seek to make use of clients’ conscious and unconscious thoughts - as well as their relationship with the past - to help to understand their behaviour in the present. Crucial to this process is the relationship between client and therapist and the building of a supportive, secure and well-boundaried relationship - something significant to any progress in the counselling room. Once the therapeutic relationship is established, client and therapist can work together to reflect on resistances, coping methods and other thoughts and practices internalised by the client during his or her developing years.
THERAPY FOR INDIVIDUALS
A large focus of my practice involves working with individuals. We will begin by building a therapeutic relationship, which in turn will allow us to explore the issues which bring you to therapy. The sessions are hard work, and can be felt in the body as well as the mind. It is important that both of us are wholly present - physically and mentally - if the process is to prove beneficial. This requires energy and engagement, so I generally ask that clients commit to at least six sessions to allow the therapeutic process to become established.
THERAPY FOR COUPLES
Whether you and your partner are gay, straight, non-binary or trans, it may be that your relationship has reached a point where you wish to explore together - in a safe, non-judgemental environment - issues that may be troubling you. Whatever situation you face, you will be met with calm and experienced counselling support.
It is important that we are clear in what we are trying to do, so we generally work for six sessions before re-evaluating and setting new goals.
My training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming (EMDR) began with Sandie Rickman, a world-reknowned expert in the field. I have found found it to be hugely beneficial as part of the therapeutic process. I always discuss the option of using EMDR fully with the client before beginning the process, and - as with all therapy - there is a regular review of progress.
You can find more information on EMDR here.
Online and telephone psychotherapy have been growing in popularity for a number of years. Clients are becoming more comfortable both with the technology and the methods of working with a therapist online. Whether it be online or telephone which is the medium, there is much valuable work which can be accomplished through working virtually – either wholly or with a mixture of face-to-face meetings.
If you think this method of therapy might be of benefit to you, either as an individual or as a couple, do feel free to enquire.
Fees for individuals vary between £50 - £70 per session, discussed at the initial contact and dependent upon income.
For couples, fees start at £70 per session.
Some concessionary fees are available for those on a low income where space allows. Please contact to discuss.
Discounted fees are available for those in training.
Consultancy fees are charged separately. Please enquire for details.